Destination Wellness

With summer approaching, la femme dives into the world’s leading destinations that will revive and pamper you from top to toe

Marrakech, Morocco, Spa Namaskar at Palais Namaskar

At Palais Namaskar, the focus is on recharging your energy in an engaging and invigorating way. Set against the sultry desert, this magical property offers up a glimpse of Arabian fantasy where faultless service and the most thoughtful amenities come as standard. Located in the Palmeraie Oasis beneath the Atlas Mountains, the Spa Namasakar offers an opportunity for guests to experience wellness against an unforgettable backdrop. The property includes four suites with garden terraces, two couples’ suites with private hammams and a VIP suite with hammam, jacuzzi and open fireplace. With free daily fitness and yoga classes, the spa also includes personalised consultations and introductions to meditation. For those travelling with families, there is the opportunity to encourage movement and relaxation time in tandem – with activities for all the family that gently encourage a sense of deep wellness.

A ‘Family Refresh’ package starts from €788 (Dhs3,237) per night; flight time from Dubai is approx. 8 hours.

Valencia, Spain, SHA Wellness CliniC

The pioneering centre sits on a hilltop near Valencia’s Villa de Altea and boasts more than three decades of naturopath-focused expertise. Macrobiotics, natural therapies and an educational program are personalised to each individual, with the curative power of food at the core of the philosophy. With experts in dentistry, skincare, medicine and fitness, SHA offers treatments ranging from a top-to-toe overhaul to weight management and relaxation, all to make you look and feel reborn. This summer, get an upgrade or massage if you book 40 days in advance; bring a friend who’s never been and get €300 of wellness credit to share.

A four-day Sha Discovery starts from €1,190 (Dhs4,891); flight time from Dubai approx. 10 hours.

Germany, Villa Stéphanie at Brenners Park

Located in the home of Germany’s original spa movement, the 5,000 square metre spa lies  nestled in a private park. The villa focuses on beauty, detox and nutrition, emotional balance and medical care. Offering guests more than the typical wellness retreat, the property covers a comprehensive body and health analysis; a customised nutrition plan can include halal menus for Middle Eastern visitors. Connected to the villa is Brenners Medical Centre, which offers a full spectrum of therapies and care. Doctors, nutrition experts and personal trainers all work hand in hand to help guests achieve maximum results. 

A seven-night Organic Detox programme starts from €6,055 (Dhs24,887); flight time from Dubai is approximately 12 hours.

Paris, France, Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie

The 90-year-old Le Bristol on the iconic Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré offers a level of service that is unrivalled in terms of guest personalisation, with an array of tailored experiences to regenerate and revive mind and body. With the scientific savvy of the well-known luxury Swiss brand La Prairie adding to the sense of heritage and prestige, the serene spa also offers a host of organic and natural body treatments across eight stunning treatment rooms, with three cabins overlooking a peaceful courtyard. Rituals are also performed with prestigious English brands The Organic Pharmacy and Aromatherapy Associates, combining skilled therapist expertise with a feeling of deep pampering. With eight treatment rooms, and the only swimming pool in Paris to boast views of both Montmartere and  the Eiffel Tower, Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie represents a chic, historical destination spa in the heart of Paris where true expertise guides its defining principles. To welcome visitors, this Spring the spa features a tempting wellness offer, a package that includes accommodation for two, a €180 (Dhs740) spa voucher, breakfast for two and La Prairie product samples. It can be booked via the spa’s website. 

The wellness special offer starts from €995 (Dhs4,090) per night; flight time from Dubai is approximately eight hours.

St.Barths, French West Indies, Eden RoCk Spa and Wellness

On rocky headland surrounded by white coral sands and cobalt water, this tropical paradise is instantly calming simply by virtue of its mesmerising natural beauty. Wellness at Eden Rock is focused around holistic therapies that echo and complement the surroundings. From massages using artisanal products manufactured exclusively on the island to a range of activities including yoga, paddle yoga, hike or wellness consultations, the island creates a sophisticated union that delivers true well-being. St Barths is renowned as a tropical playground for the bold and the beautiful – with the Eden Rock’s spa combining daily fitness activities with skin and beauty treatments, you can be both.

Rooms start from €850 (Dhs43,491) per night; flight time from Dubai is approx. 19 hours.

Vence, France, Spa Saint-Martin Sisley, Château Saint-Martin & Spa

Dating back to 350 AD, Château Saint-Martin & Spa is rich in history: the château used to be a Knights Templar Commandery in the 12th Century. In the heart of the French Riviera, 15 km from Nice Airport, the property offers guests a world of leisure and relaxation. Three for two offers at the château include spa treatments, and pay-two-stay-three; there’s also exceptional access to golf courses that can be reached by private limo or helicopter. But, with a stunning overflow swimming pool, two clay tennis courts, a petanque ground, and Spa Saint-Martin Sisley including a fitness room all on site, guests may decide that staying put is about as adventurous as it gets.  

Romantic Escape from €590 (Dhs2,426) per night; flight from Dubai, approx. eight hours.

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